Men's Soccer Drops Heartbreaker to OSU, 1-0
Sept. 21, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team opened Big Ten play on Sunday (Sept. 21) afternoon and fell to the 15th-ranked Buckeyes, 1-0. MSU is now 2-4 and 0-1 in conference play while OSU improves to 5-1-1 and 1-0 in the Big Ten.
"It was a very disappointing loss," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "It was a great college soccer game and I thought it was very evenly matched."
In his second-career start, sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage was tested repeatedly by the Buckeyes, as they outshot the Spartans 19-8 for the game. Steinlage made a total of 12 saves but OSU finally found the back of the net in the 82nd minute when Joshua Breto scored the game-winning goal off a rebound.
Louis Stephens III paced the Spartans' offensive attack, leading the team in shots with four, two of which were on goal.
MSU returns to action this Wednesday, Sept. 24 when it travels to Western Michigan to take on the Broncos for a midweek match.
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